Kendrick Lamar + James Blake
Kendrick Lamar is a rapper born on the 17th of June 1987 in Compton, California, USA. Since the release of his mixtape “Overly Dedicated”, and his second album “good kid, m.A.A.d city”, he has proved himself to be one of the most exciting, critically acclaimed rappers of his generation.
Hell, he’s struggled as much as anyone born and raised in Compton, California did, but it can’t have helped that his parents moved there from Chicago because his father was directly associated with the notorious Gangster Disciples gang. Unfortunately, Compton wasn’t much better and Kendrick grew up around some legitimately dangerous stuff. However, all of it inspired the young Kendrick, who was a straight A student who loved writing. At first stories, then poems, and then inspired by his love of hip-hop, lyrics. Kendrick still credits watching his idols Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre filming the video for “California Love” as being one of the formative experiences of his life.